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Concrete Pumps: The Main Factors to Consider

Concrete Pumps: The Main Factors to Consider

Concrete pumps are essential tools in the construction industry, used to efficiently transport concrete from one location to another. They utilise a pumping mechanism to propel concrete through a hose or pipeline to the desired placement location. Compared to manual methods like buckets and wheelbarrows, concrete pumps offer a significant advantage by saving both time and labour.

If you're considering using a concrete pump for your upcoming project, it’s likely that you have some questions about their uses. Our FAQ article provides answers to some of the most common queries Utranazz's customers raise about concrete pumps.


In this article…

What are the different types of concrete pumps?

What are the advantages of using a concrete pump?

How should I choose the right concrete pump for my project?

How do I maintain a concrete pump?

Additional considerations


What are the different types of concrete pumps?

Concrete pumping is a crucial aspect of modern construction, allowing the efficient transfer of concrete to various locations on-site.

At Utranazz, we offer a selection of concrete pumps tailored to different project requirements. Our range includes Truck Mounted Concrete Pumps, Concrete Line Pumps, and Trailer/Static Pumps. Each type serves different purposes, catering to projects of varying scales and complexities.

As an approved supplier for SPAL Automotive, Utranazz are well-equipped to offer top-of-the-range axial fans and blowers for primary engine (oil and water) and hydraulic cooling systems – integrated into various types of concrete equipment, including concrete pumps.

Below, we outline the characteristics and uses of each type of Concrete Pump we stock to help you choose the right one to suit your needs.

Truck Mounted Concrete Pump

  • Ideal for large volume concrete pumping.
  • Suited for high-rise buildings, bridges, and large-scale DIY projects.
  • Efficiently delivers high volumes of concrete.

Concrete Line Pumps

  • Compact and affordable alternative to Truck Mounted Concrete Pumps.
  • Perfect for DIY jobs or smaller projects.
  • Mounted on an under-HGV cab/chassis for easy maneuverability, even in congested sites with limited space.


Trailer/Static Pumps

  • Towed behind a truck, offering mobility and versatility.
  • Stationary units with groundline attachments for pumping concrete over long distances.
  • Suitable for projects requiring extensive reach, albeit at a slower rate compared to truck-mounted options.


What are the Advantages of Using a Concrete Pump?

There are several advantages to incorporating concrete pumps into your construction project:

  • Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity: Concrete pumps significantly reduce the time and labour required to transport concrete compared to manual methods like buckets and wheelbarrows. This translates to faster project completion times and lower overall construction costs. A concrete pump can eliminate the need for a large crew dedicated solely to transporting concrete, freeing them up for other crucial tasks.


  • Concrete Placement Accuracy: Concrete pumps provide greater precision when placing concrete, especially in difficult-to-reach locations or high-up areas. This reduces the risk of spills or wasted concrete, minimising material costs. The operator can precisely control the flow rate and direction of the concrete through a remote-controlled boom, ensuring it reaches the exact designated location.


  • Safer Work Environment: Manual concrete transportation can be physically demanding and pose safety risks to workers. Workers can suffer from fatigue, muscle strain, or even back injuries from repeatedly lifting and carrying heavy buckets of concrete. Concrete pumps minimise manual handling, reducing the potential for worker fatigue or injuries.


  • Versatility in Concrete Types: Modern concrete pumps can handle various concrete mixes, including standard concrete, lightweight concrete, and even shotcrete. This versatility makes them suitable for a wide range of construction applications.


How Should I Choose the Right Concrete Pump for My Project?

Selecting the appropriate concrete pump for your project requires careful consideration of several factors:

  • Project Size and Scope: The scale of your project significantly influences the type and size of concrete pump you'll need. Larger projects will likely necessitate a pump with a higher capacity and reach, while smaller projects might be suited for a more compact Concrete Line Pump or Static Pump.


  • Concrete Volume and Delivery Distance: The volume of concrete required and the distance it needs to be pumped are crucial factors.


Truck Mounted Concrete Pumps are ideal for pumping large volumes at height.

Trailer-mounted pumps are generally better suited for extensive pumping distances at ground level at slower output rates. Concrete Line Pumps might suffice for smaller projects with shorter distances.


The pump's capacity, measured in cubic meters per hour, should be able to handle the required concrete flow rate to maintain a steady pace and avoid delays.


  • Site Accessibility: The accessibility of your worksite plays a role in pump selection. Tight spaces or congested areas might necessitate a more maneuverable line pump or trailer pump, whereas larger, open sites can accommodate larger truck mounted concrete pumps.


  • Budget: Concrete pumps come in various sizes and capabilities, and their rental or purchase costs will vary accordingly. It's essential to consider your budget constraints when selecting a pump that meets your project requirements without exceeding your financial limitations. Utranazz offers both new and used concrete pumps for sale or rental, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your budget and project timeline.


How Do I Maintain a Concrete Pump?

Regular maintenance is crucial for ensuring the optimal performance and longevity of your concrete pump. Here are some essential maintenance practices:

  • Thorough Cleaning: After each use, your equipment must be thoroughly cleaned to remove any residual concrete. This prevents blockages and ensures smooth operation during subsequent use.


Cleaning typically involves flushing the pump lines with water and using pressurised air to remove any remaining concrete deposits. Neglecting proper cleaning can lead to blockages in the pump, hoses, or pipelines, causing delays and requiring additional time and resources for clearing.


  • Regular Inspections: Conduct routine inspections for any signs of wear or damage. This includes checking the hoses, pipelines, and connections for leaks or cracks. Addressing minor issues promptly helps to prevent more significant problems down the line.


Does Utranazz Sell New and Used Concrete Pumps?

Yes, Utranazz offers a variety of new and used concrete pumps for purchase or rental. Our selection includes truck-mounted pumps, truck-mounted concrete line pumps and static concrete pumps, catering to projects of all sizes and scopes.


Additional Considerations

Concrete Pumping Expertise

Operating a concrete pump requires a skilled and certified professional. Ensure the company you hire has experienced and qualified pump operators to ensure safe and efficient concrete placement.

Environmental Considerations

Concrete, if not managed properly, may introduce substances into the environment that could disrupt ecosystems and pose risks to groundwater quality. It is important to focus on ensuring proper handling, storage, and disposal practices to mitigate these potential factors. By adhering to these standards, construction and demolition industries can work to minimise any potential environmental harm.

Permits and Safety

Depending on your location, there might be specific permits required for operating a concrete pump on a construction site. Always prioritise safety by adhering to all relevant regulations and using proper personal protective equipment (PPE) when working around concrete pumps.

By understanding the different types of concrete pumps, their advantages, and the factors to consider when choosing a pump, you can make an informed decision for your construction project.

The ‘CPA-BCPG Safe Use of Concrete Pumps’ guidelines are a helpful resource to use when planning out the health and safety measures required for your project.


How to Contact Us

Whether you're interested in hiring or buying concrete pumps, we can provide you with the equipment tailored to your project's needs. We have a full range of concrete pumps available for purchase and can even tailor our offerings based on your budget.

Whether you’re looking to expand your construction fleet with top-of-the-line, new equipment, or you’re just looking for something to supplement your independent concreting needs, Utranazz has you covered.

To get in touch with us about our range of products, you have a number of choices:

  • Make us an offer on any of our used equipment advertised on our website.
  • Submit a hire enquiry form if you’re interested in renting our equipment.
  • Contact us by formemail, or phone to discuss your needs and find out how Utranazz can help!
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